What We Do
Our exhaustive plan tackles prosperity for the unprosperous from every solvable angle
- 1Aid Resolution
- 2Aid Optimization
- 3Rewarding Education
- 4Job Creation
- 5Entrepreneurship and Wealth
- 6Enlightenment and Edification
- 7Inspiration and Remediation
- 8Conflict Resolution
- 9Community Development
- 10Safety Net Programs
- 12State Advancement
- 14Humanity-First Capitalism
- 17Prosperity Monitoring
- 18Policy Oversight
- 19Ecological Priority
- 20Childhood Development Edification
Fulfill Every Need Where Aid Is Needed
We try to help all unprosperous people by meeting their need for aid of any kind, so that they can overcome the factors of poverty and all barriers to economic prosperity. Our AllAid program addresses needs based on the following:
- Inadequate education for a rewarding career
- Inability to afford tuition for a postsecondary education
- Reading and writing illiteracy
- Drug and alcohol addiction
- Inadequate healthcare
- Injustice and no access to optimal legal representation
- Inadequate knowledge and resources for early childhood development
- Unaffordable, inaccessible, and inadequate childcare
- Lack of mental-health services
- Limited cognitive bandwidth
- Incompetence and lack of confidence
- Lack of essential resources and infrastructure for sanitation and clean drinking water
- Shortage of healthful food
Removing All Barriers to Aid
Many aid organizations—including government programs and the innumerable programs provided by the tens of thousands of nonprofits that serve those in need—unwittingly or purposely make applying for aid an utterly frustrating and overly complicated experience.
In fact, nearly every person we have interviewed about their experience as they applied for aid complained that the process was not only burdensome but also humiliating.
AI Humanity aims to remove the barriers to aid, so as to make the application process effortless and expeditious, and the aid itself a means toward real prosperity for the recipients.
Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Aid Organizations
Because AI Humanity depends on the resources of tens of thousands of aid organizations and, most importantly, because the unprosperous vitally need the aid provided by these organizations, AI Humanity strives to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of all aid organizations and to help these groups with execution optimization, coordination, analysis, and collaboration.
Maximize Individual’s Potential and Expand Human Capital
As detailed in our Eduprosperity book (by Richard Bovell and slated for publication in 2020), we help the unprosperous discover their intrinsic and extrinsic motivators related to their own economic success and personal advancement. And we provide those individuals with the resources they need to maximize their potential with a rewarding education for a rewarding, fulfilling career. The resources we help them with follow:
Enhancement of their unique advantage(s):
Every person has a unique advantage, which, under the right guidance, can be channeled and leveraged for a rewarding and fulfilling career. We help people find their unique advantage and heighten it to their own advantage for a rewarding and fulfilling career.
100% free post-secondary (or equally rewarding) education:
Through Eduprosperity, we provide rewarding education (that is, 100% free education with a 21st-century curriculum and ambitious career paths) to some of the unprosperous, and we help others find the best educational institutions (which we vet to ensure each graduate gets a rewarding education) and help them with the finances to pay for their education and other resources to ensure they are time-sufficient and cognitively prepared to excel. For more on rewarding education, see Additional Notes box on the right.
Guaranteed job with at least a middle-income salary:
After completing their rewarding education noted above, the unprosperous will be well prepared for a job with at least a middle-income salary. We provide the unprosperous the resources they need to secure a job upon completion of their education, as discussed above.
Cognitive bandwidth reclamation:
Insufficient cognitive bandwidth, as documented in scholarly depth and with remarkable research, by economists Sendhil Mullainathan and behavioral psychologist Eldar Shafir, plays a significant role with much of the adversities that plague the poor. We help the poor reclaim their cognitive capacity so that they can rise up and maximize their own potential.
Time bandwidth reclamation:
A lack of time (or insufficient time bandwidth) to pursue their own education and economic prosperity is one of the most common and significant problems the unprosperous face every day, often for decades. So decisive is their struggle in this area that many of the unprosperous give up their dreams and stop working toward self-advancement altogether because their time is completely consumed with earning a living.
In response, AI Humanity’s Eduprosperity and Rewarding Education programs help the unprosperous find time to pursue their own self-advancement. We do this by learning much about each individual and analyzing their circumstances and subsequently providing them with the resources to allow them sufficient time for personal advancement.
Remove the Barriers to Success in K–12 Education
After carefully studying the causes of educational failure in elementary through high schools in rural villages and urban areas, particularly in the United States and Latin America, we have discovered that the most significant contributors to inadequacy and unrewarding education are not necessarily just the educational institutions themselves and the “bad” teachers, but fundamental problems—at the personal, familial, and cultural level, and, to a smaller extent, the institutional level—including the following:
- Lack of parental guidance
- Adverse parental influence
- Lack of purpose
- Lack of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators
- Mental-health problems arising from social and cultural policies
- Adverse cultural affinities
- Bounded rationality
- Insufficient time bandwidth
- Insufficient cognitive bandwidth
- Insufficient transportation
- Unhealthful nutrition
- Childhood developmental deprivation
- Lack of mentors and aspirational possibilities
- Hostile or detrimental in-school and after-school environments
- Backwards, un-inspiring, ineffective, and unnecessary courses and curricula
- Unrewarding education
AI Humanity has instituted an extensive plan to solve these problems, via our Eduprosperity and Rewarding Education programs.
Create Jobs for the Unprosperous
Through our Eduprosperity program, technological innovations, and cascading strategy (that is, where the unprosperous help the unprosperous to realize prosperity even as the helpers themselves advance to prosperity), we create middle-income and high-income jobs for the unprosperous in many industries.
Although we will begin to create such jobs as soon as late 2019, we expect to create the bulk of these jobs over the coming years, as our Eduprosperity program and innovations and research and development projects materialize.
Hire the Unprosperous
AI Humanity hires many of the unprosperous (after they complete our rewarding education or entrepreneurship program) to work for one or more of AI Humanity’s projects, as the need arises. These jobs range from software engineer, to filmmaker, to chef—all well-paid, desirable, and high-growth jobs—from psychologist to sports ambassador to prosperity ambassador. AI Humanity was founded on the principle of helping, educating, and training people and subsequently hiring them in rewarding careers right at AI Humanity (or elsewhere) and to work on ambitious projects that further help other unprosperous people.
Relatedly, our entire software engineering team, the first set of individuals recruited by AI Humanity, is made up of students and graduates from Bov Academy, the programming academy affiliated with AI Humanity.
Entrepreneurship and Wealth
Facilitate Entrepreneurship at Scale
Many of the unprosperous seek to become entrepreneurs rather than to secure a rewarding career or position with a company. We identify these individuals and inspire, edify, encourage, and support them. Further, we help them find the resources they need to overcome the many barriers that prevent them from turning their ideas into businesses and their small businesses into national or multinational companies.
In addition to the list of activities noted above, as detailed in the Facilitate Easy Access to Loans with Reasonable Terms and Provide Economic Analysis section below, we also help facilitate general investments and business development and channels for local, national, and international markets.
Facilitate Access to Wealth Generation
In our capitalistic societies, the rich have been playing one form of capitalism (a strategy Richard terms “wealth-generation capitalism”), and the unprosperous have been playing the capitalism game either poorly or apathetically. Both of the conditions (or “strategies”) employed by the poor make wealth accumulation an impossibility for the poor.
To help the poor compete more effectively in capitalistic societies, Richard provides a detailed road map in The 65%—where he suggests that groups of unprosperous focus more on generating wealth and less on providing their labor for capital. Our related solution includes an extensive plan and exponential integrated software technologies, not just a road map.
Fund Innovative and Aspiring Projects
In cases where AI Humanity determines that direct investments in ambitious, innovative, relentless entrepreneurs with worthwhile projects is desirable, we will fund such entrepreneurs and their projects.
Introduce New Aid-Related Financial Investment Instruments that Directly Benefit the Unprosperous
Although aid has undoubtedly helped many poor people and communities, especially with the urgent need for food and health-related drugs and vaccines in devastatingly poor communities of Africa and Southeast Asia, aid alone cannot eradicate poverty. And it cannot help the unprosperous rise to prosperity. This has been well documented, most emphatically and effectively, by economists William Easterly and Dambisa Moyo, and it has been proven via many randomized control trials.
AI Humanity uses aid as part of its overall strategy for solving poverty, but we also create solutions to use aid more effectively. For example, we have devised two new financial instruments that use aid to help the unprosperous with financial investments in new and existing endogenous and exogenous businesses that directly benefit the unprosperous. This is another of AI Humanity’s innovative solutions detailed in our forthcoming book The 65%.
We use aid not only to help the poor where they do need it, but also to help bring economic prosperity—wealth accumulation—more effectively for the unprosperous.
Facilitate Easy Access to Loans with Reasonable Terms and Provide Economic Analysis
A significant percentage of the poor—lacking good credit or the collateral for a formal loan through banks and organizations, which almost always have stringent loan requirements and loan-repayment terms—pursue loans with informal sources that typically offer exorbitant interest rates (whether economically justified or not is irrelevant to the poor) and penalties for late and nonpayment that often send the poor into even more dire circumstances.
For the poor, unbeknown to them at the time they take out the loans, some loans are not worth pursuing at all.
In addition, even in areas where micro loans make a notable positive impact for millions of borrowers, economic prosperity still remains elusive for the majority of the unprosperous even after they get the loans.
Our principal concerns, regarding loans for the unprosperous, are helping the poor get loans that will indeed make a positive difference for them and helping the poor maximize their chances for success with the loans they take out.
AI Humanity’s solution for these and related problems are similar to our solutions for helping the unprosperous in entrepreneurship:
- Advocate for better loan terms for the poor
- Help the poor determine their loan needs, find the best loan terms, and better capitalize on their investments
- Educate the poor on the economics of their business models
- Provide relevant rewarding education in the entrepreneurs’ area of business interest
- Provide the technological solutions and infrastructure to help the poor maximize their opportunity for success in their business venture.
Enlightenment and Edification
Edify People on the Important Matters and Subjects for Individual Economic Prosperity and Advancement and Personal Responsibility
In addition to a rewarding education (expertise in a specific career path) to realize economic prosperity and personal fulfillment and well-being—one needs to be enlightened and edified on matters of general literacy, civic responsibility, financial literacy, personal rights and fundamental state laws, cultural awareness, and more, all matters to help individual excel with ease and confidence in our complex societies with myriad financial, economic, and social traps that could stagnate or eliminate success in little time. All of the necessary subjects for enlightenment and edification are discussed in our The 65% book.
Inspire, Enlighten, and Mobilize Individuals, Groups, Communities, and Cultures
As Richard Bovell discusses in his forthcoming book, The 65%: How We, the Unprosperous Americans, Will Swiftly Rise to Prosperity Together:
For us to enlighten, inspire, and mobilize hundreds of millions of people with the facts and principles of individual and group advancement and with the organization and collaboration necessary for their economic success, and for us to help them with clear, instructive road maps they can eagerly embark on to realize economic prosperity, we must first thoroughly understand each individual.
But, each individual doesn’t exist or function on his or her own like a lonely tree on a prairie. The individual is a complex dynamic system, like an organism in a canopy of a forest. Individuals have goals and aspirations; possessions or lack thereof; personal and external motivators; a family they care for and that cares for them; one or more groups or cultures they identify with and from whom they have learned many of their morals, values, and customs; a history that has taught, judged, and enlightened them; and their current circumstances and environment, which have defined their temperament, cognitive capacity, and aspirations.
All of these things, collectively—that is, the person , together with their sphere of influence, as described above—can be referred to as the nucleus of humanity. This nucleus has helped make each individual who he or she is at any given moment, and it is likewise the foundation of every group, or tribe, or culture of every society.
Therefore, we must thoroughly understand the nucleus of humanity—each person and their sphere of influence—to have the transformative impact necessary to properly solve global poverty. As has been proven time and again, no one can enter a community and just teach the unprosperous some principles of economic success, give them aid, and then expect them to suddenly become prosperous in a few months or years, and thereby “solve” poverty.
Sure, a family or seven or 20 may eke out a bit of exceptional success, but widespread poverty will remain just as before, or will likely be worse.
For prosperity isn’t a natural phenomenon that a community attains because of the passage of time and spotty accumulation of limited knowledge and resources.
Prosperity Not a Natural Phenomenon:
Prosperity is a human construction for happiness and wellness and autonomy; it requires an environment to facilitate its development; sacrifice, purpose, and sustained effort to accumulate its possessions; and perhaps even a bit of luck to withstand its impermanence.
We must inspire each nucleus of humanity (and the groups to which that nucleus belongs) to become self-motivated and passionate about the necessity to improve their own circumstances. We must also convince them to make the necessary sacrifices and to abandon their own beliefs where such beliefs are barriers to their own wellness and success.
Further, we need to mobilize groups—from the family level, to the cultural level, to the local level, to the country level—to take collective action where such action is necessary to remove cultural, local, national, or international barriers to their own (or others’) economic success and autonomy.
AI Humanity’s related work includes exhaustive research, activism, and revolutionary strategies. And, for the unprosperous, their work requires sacrifice and a radical cultural shift, considering the facts they will learn and the actions they must take may differ substantially, in some instances, from their long-held understandings and beliefs, some of which may have persisted for decades or hundreds of years or longer.
The Power of the Nucleus of Humanity
The nucleus of humanity can tell us just about everything about every individual and about the tribe or culture or group(s) to which that individual belongs; and it can predict economic outcomes and even be manipulated to create specific outcomes.
For example, the nucleus of humanity is often effectively targeted by powerful campaigns (or religious or community leaders) to direct groups to support specific economic policies that may not benefit the group at all, but that may enrich a few beyond measure and impoverish (or stagnate) the majority beyond belief.
But just as the nucleus of humanity has been used to unfairly put the majority on the heavy end of the inequality balance, where poverty and economic stagnation reside, so, too, it can be used to rebalance inequality so that the vast majority can also realize economic prosperity.
With such transformative power inherent in the nucleus of humanity, much of AI Humanity’s work operates at this nuclear level. This explains why the most important work we do is perhaps to enlighten and inspire and mobilize and advance humanity’s nucleus—the building block of humanity itself.
Preceding Passage from the book The 65%:
The entire passage, Inspire, Enlighten, and Mobilize Individuals, Groups, Communities, and Cultures, was lifted from Richard Bovell’s AI Humanity book: The 65%: How We, The Unprosperous Americans, Will Imminently Rise to Prosperity Together. To be notified when the book is published, goto the About Us page, scroll to the Our Books page and enter your email.
Inspiration and Remediation
Inspire Youngsters (Limited by “What You See Is All There Is”) with Access to the Possibilities for Success
A monumental problem that has been completely overlooked by experts and NGOs that help those in unprosperous communities, our research has revealed, is the severe aspirational limits of poor youngsters.
Many, and perhaps most, poor youngsters don’t aspire to much beyond that of a drug dealer or gang member or farm worker or store attendant or coal miner or government worker—the closest relative success they see in their immediate community—and they thus feel it is the only realistic possibility for success. This explains why many youngsters look up to drug dealers and gang members and follow in their paths with a strong sense of dedication and destiny. As far as they are concerned, that’s all there is.
As Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it, “We often fail to allow for the possibility that evidence that should be critical to our judgment is missing—what we see is all there is.”1 Indeed, all of us, not just the unprosperous, are subjected to this cognitive bias. But such a bias can be especially devastating for the poor, considering their cognitive accessible memory (the amount and quality of readily available information) is limited by their impoverished existence.
As Richard describes in his book The 65%:
The reality of becoming an anthropologist or algorithms engineer or CEO or marine biologist is not part of the coherent story the poor can readily contemplate or aspire to, due to the limits of the information available to them. They don’t know of the possibilities for success.
AI Humanity has devised a comprehensive strategy to inspire and edify unprosperous youngsters with the possibilities for realizable success. And we will even provide them with the resources to realize that success.
Boost the Morale, Identity, Dignity, and Self-Confidence of the Poor Wherever Necessary
Many of the unprosperous suffer in ways that society and the organizations that help them fail to recognize. As a result, economic success has been nonexistent for many groups and individuals in societies across the world.
For many of the poor—especially those who are psychologically, socially, or culturally afflicted—help must be connected to the fundamental cause of their affliction, and any treatment must also be methodical. Giving basic aid or money or education won’t suffice. Our experts work with the unprosperous to ensure we identify the afflicted, especially those affected psychologically, and help them in a wholesome way so that they can improve their chances of succeeding on the long journey to economic success and personal fulfillment.
Help to Resolve Conflicts Among Groups, Tribes, and Cultures
In many developing countries, and in some societies within ethnically heterogeneous developed countries, there exist resentments and distrust and deep animosity—even hatred—between different tribes, groups, races, and cultures of people.
Without the collaboration and cooperation of these groups, who depend on one another or will have to depend on one another, the fundamental work to help the unprosperous realize economic prosperity will (unless we are lucky) be nearly impossible.
And even with enough luck, the process will be so relentlessly frustrating and ineffective that any bit of progress could result in even more resentment, if one group succeeds much faster than another group or if the majority of one group languishes while others succeed.
Thus, because we can’t plan for luck and are working to help every group prosper together, we must resolve the existing human conflicts where such conflicts have been (and continue to prove) impediments to our work or barriers to group and community progress. We must appeal, convincingly, to the human good in every individual and group.
We are hopeful and optimistic we can resolve at least some of the well-known conflicts and animosities because many of AI Humanity’s solutions for solving poverty itself operate at the nucleus of humanity level, where we understand the economical, behavioral, political, and psychological factors that move and direct individuals and their sphere of influence, including their families and like-minded individuals within the same group.
On a practical level, our effort to resolve conflicts among groups begins with grassroots campaigns of all kinds, but of a more technologically and scientifically advanced and socially and empathetically comprehensive level than has ever been attempted, incorporating solutions from artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and antifragility.
(For more on the nucleus of humanity, see the Inspire, Enlighten, and Mobilize Individuals, Groups, Communities, and Cultures section above.)
Why Are We Optimistic About Resolving Conflicts that Have Lasted for Decades or Centuries or Generations?
Today—because of decades of research in the fields of cognitive science, behavioral biology, and psychology, with convincing and consistent results; because of deep meanings and patterns of human behavior garnered from exhaustive social data as revealed by artificial intelligence; because of the success of particular social and cultural influences on individuals and people within similar groups and cultures; and because of the lessons of history and its volumes about human conflicts and the subsequent failures and successes—we believe we have solutions to resolve decades- and centuries-long conflicts between tribes at war, groups in dissension, and cultures in discord.
Facilitate the Collaboration of Peoples, Communities, and Organizations
One of AI Humanity’s most important technologies for solving poverty allows people and organizations to collaborate and coordinate, on an global scale and in a cascading manner, to work more efficiently toward a single goal: the end of poverty and prosperity for the unprosperous. We expect to release the first beta of this technology sometime in 2020.
Resolve the Major Conflict (Police Brutality) Between the Police and Black Americans
When AI Humanity set out to solve the problems suffered by the unprosperous, resolving police brutality against black Americans was not part of our plan, but we couldn’t ignore this problem, as it relates directly to poverty and cultural conflict, the domain of our work.
Additionally, although it isn’t among the most difficult problems AI Humanity has on its agenda, it is among the most contentious, particularly because of the historical nature of the problem, the ever-present and powerful dynamic of race relations in the United States, the fervent feelings of each group, the anxiety and uneasiness both sides experience in everyday interactions, and the escalation of the problem in the sports and political arenas. (This problem, though with slightly different nuances, isn’t unique to just the United States.)
Moreover, because of the success of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent protest movement during the civil rights era and of the Mahatma Gandhi’s equally nonviolent protest movement (the work that Dr. King said he emulated and that inspired him), AI Humanity respects and admires nonviolent protest movements to bring national and international attention to the brutality practiced by some police officers. AI Humanity also has much regard for the courage and unselfishness of the individuals who take individual action for the benefit of all society. However, because AI Humanity operates at the nuclear level, we neither take part in nor advocate protests as part of our solutions at this juncture of our work.
(See the Inspire, Enlighten, and Mobilize Individuals, Groups, Communities, and Cultures section above for more on the nucleus of humanity.)
Protest isn’t part of AI Humanity’s core strategies. We believe we can resolve the conflicts of police brutality and the contentious relationship between police and black Americans by using more effective strategies that are satisfactory and beneficial to both sides, and that have lasting success and benefits to both black Americans and the police—and to our society.
The big question, then, is, how can we solve such a contentious problem without protest and satisfy both black Americans and the police.
Race and Culture and Policing in America
In his three books (The 65%,The Wakandan Pledge, and The Appalachian Pledge)—all slated for publication in late 2019—Richard Bovell details AI Humanity’s strategies for solving the conflict between police and black Americans. He appeals to the nucleus of humanity and the human good, and he outlines a specific road map for both the police and the community. AI Humanity will begin to implement this very work in Baltimore, Maryland, and a yet-to-be-determined city in West Virginia (the two pilot cities for AI Humanity’s work), sometime before the publication of the three books.
Transform Poor Neighborhoods into Beautiful, Safe, and Prosperous Havens
We use radical solutions to solve crime, drug addiction, drug trafficking, economic decay, hopelessness, unattractiveness, and despair in communities where these afflictions have triumphed.
Specifically, we use a combination of the human good, triumphant economic advantages (a radical alternative to the war against drug traffickers and criminalization of drug addicts), artificial intelligence, integrated software and hardware technological innovations, cultural pride and advancement, individual responsibility and drive, group accountability, behavioral science, modern urbanization techniques, the “wholesome begets wholesome” philosophy devised by Richard Bovell, comprehensive partnerships with local and state governments, and targeted principles to overcome the noted afflictions in depressed neighborhoods.
Sad, Soulless, Unattractive Homes and Deficient, Unkept Communities
One of the poignant realities of unprosperous neighborhoods is the indignity in which the government and organizations and businesses treat the poor, as evidenced by the unattractive and ramshackle homes, soulless apartments, inconsiderate and unhealthy property locations (for example, alongside train tracks and highways, downstream from manufacturers’ dumping, resulting in long-term health and other consequences), scanty and diminished playgrounds and community resources, nonexistent healthful grocery stores and cafes, nonexistent swimming pools, nonexistent or unmaintained recreational parks, inadequate sanitation and waste management, and underdeveloped commons.
This widespread lack of beauty and luxury and comfort and leisure and conveniences in unprosperous communities contribute markedly to the overall high crime, hopelessness, destruction, disrespect, abandonment, gloom, and general despondency and defeated spirits of impoverished communities, which further prevents business development and scares off intellectuals and experts and others from working in these communities—an “impoverished-community trap,” as Richard Bovell puts it in his book The 65%, scheduled for publication in late 2019.
Our plan is to invigorate impoverished neighborhoods with aesthetic beauty, architectural distinction, communal vitality, and general community optimism and pride.
Alleviate the Illegal Drug (Addiction and Trafficking) Crisis
Fighting the illegal drug industry—including drug dealers, traffickers, and addicts—with the “war on drugs” (that is, with unjust and immoral decades-to-life jail-sentences, police killings, and mass incarceration) has not only failed in every society where it has been attempted and continues to operate, but it has also destroyed families and communities for decades, turned neighborhoods into brutal war zones, turned vulnerable and broken and despairing youngsters into life-long criminals, left millions hopeless and powerless, and ruined generations of groups of people.
In addition, when one considers that only 1% of drug addicts ever achieve long-term recovery, one may agree that the war on drugs has been arguably one of humanity’s most tragic failures.
At AI Humanity, we believe we can help to alleviate the illegal drug crisis, particularly in communities devastated with drug addicts and traumatized with drug trafficking and the subsequent omnipresent crimes and killings.
We use a combination of proven solutions used in some parts of the world and our innovative solutions and new, radical policies, which we strongly believe stand a much better chance of succeeding than do current strategies. Richard expounds on our solution, titled The Human Good Economic Advantage (THG-EA), in the book The 65%.
Safety Net Programs
Help the Unable Receive a Livable Wage
The unable—the people who, for circumstances beyond their control, lack the cognitive or physical capacity to work and earn a proper wage—need society’s help. We work with lawmakers and communities to create systemized income opportunities for income generation, to bestow upon those unable to work a livable income, not a “basic income.”
In cases where a government can’t or won’t, for whatever the reason, help those people obtain a livable wage, we attempt to use the market (or capitalism), to solve the problem without the intervention of politicians.
Provide the unprosperous access to immediate medical and dental care
Many of the unprosperous, including in developed countries like the United States—unable to afford any kind of health insurance—haven’t received any medical or dental check-up or treatment in many years. Indeed, some have an immediate need for healthcare. AI Humanity works with organizations to facilitate urgent medical and dental care for the unprosperous.
Alleviate healthcare problems in impoverished communities
We know that the unprosperous, including the middle class, in countries where free healthcare is not provided by the government, struggle to pay their monthly health insurance premiums and their deductibles and their healthcare bills. This alone is a significant problem that requires innovation and effective strategies and policies. Healthcare expenses often contribute to the economic depression of the unprosperous.
But two conditions have further compounded the healthcare problem for the unprosperous and that haven’t been sufficiently documented are the un-affordability of middle- and high-income healthcare career paths and the economic barriers that prevent the poor from pursuing these careers.
Typically, the unprosperous are more likely to pursue a low-income career path in the healthcare industry than a middle- or high-income career path.
For example, rarely do the unprosperous pursue high-income career paths such as ophthalmologist, prosthodontist, surgeon, forensic pathologist, or anesthesiologist. In addition, in many developing countries, a significant percentage of the healthcare workers (especially medical doctors) lack the qualification and, worse, the basic expertise and adequate tools and hygiene necessary for attending to the sick.
All the problems noted here are solvable. Some can be solved with a combination of activities: targeted collaboration, aid, and technology. Others can be resolved by some of the aforementioned AI Humanity solutions to inspire and edify the poor and give them access to a rewarding education.
Our healthcare innovations (a combination of policies, technologies, strategies, and cultural and personal advancements) are part of our Phase 2 solutions. We expect to begin research and development in this area sometime in 2020.
Remove Major State Impediments to Economic Growth
In many developing countries, some of the essential structural factors for civilized human economic activities are so inoperable or nonexistent that they will need to be built or fixed. Such essential societal structures include property-rights laws, local expertise in industries necessary for endogenous success, financial infrastructure, intellectual property-right laws, innovation incubation, accessible financial capital, enforceable laws, reliable transportation, and basic business trustworthiness (that is, governments that respect business investments and that are free of widespread institutionalized corruption).
AI Humanity lends expertise and resources to develop these essential structural factors for modern economic success.
Innovate and Cultivate Innovation
We don’t typically think of the poor when we think of innovation and ingenuity, even though the unprosperous possess as much potential for innovation as the rich do, and even though they have proven time again that, with just a modicum of resources and with extremely limited finances, they can create remarkable innovations that help everyone on earth and even help our sickened planet.
The unprosperous have been unable to reach their potential for innovation and have been prevented from developing their ideas into successful businesses. This is due mostly to the ongoing scarcity and the subsequent insufficient cognitive bandwidth that the unprosperous suffer, as well as their lack of financial capital investments, pedigree, and the “right” connections.
Moreover, some of the poor’s own cultural tendencies and rich countries’ national and international policies restrict the poor’s business capacity, often contributing more to poverty than all other measures combined. Richard Bovell discusses this topic his forthcoming The 65% book.
Removing Barriers to Innovation
AI Humanity aims to remove barriers to innovation among the unprosperous. And we intend to go beyond the typical pick-a-couple-of-winners-and-ignore-the-lot manner that venture capitalists (VCs) and many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) use to choose an innovation to back with investments. Our rigorous process helps to identify the best entrepreneurs and still finds alternative paths to entrepreneurship and economic success, or success via a rewarding career, for the others.
Besides innovation at the individual level, perhaps the most crucial factor for developing countries’ long-term economic success is their capacity to innovate and to keep innovating—their “innovative disposition,” as Richard puts it in his The 65% book. And they must turn such innovations into new, sustainable market opportunities with unique, globalized advantages.
Even developed countries must keep innovating to maintain their comparative and unique advantages.
AI Humanity’s Long-Term Innovations
At AI Humanity, we know how to cultivate and engender innovations. And we ourselves have scores of innovations set to be transformed by the unprosperous into large-scale ventures and opportunities. Some of these innovations need long-term research and development, whereas others can be realized within just 2–4 years.
Some of AI Humanity’s Eduprosperity schools, in cities and villages around the globe, will focus exclusively on innovations in waste management, physics, software engineering, AI, automation, and new forms of renewal energy. In these academic-apprenticeship environments, students will work on making some of AI Humanity’s innovations realizable. All the innovations, if we are fortunate that they become practical solutions, will help the unprosperous toward economic prosperity and also help to advance humanity at large.
Create and Promote Alternative Forms of Clean Energy and Efficient Processes for Energy Use and Recycling
As Richard details in his books Eduprosperity and The 65%, AI Humanity, an organization with an innovative disposition, has dozens of potential technological breakthroughs of its own that need research and development. And, as noted above, these innovations will be the focus of some of AI Humanity’s related Eduprosperity schools.
Creating alternatives to air conditioners and heating system used in homes, more efficient means of recycling and waste management, and more efficient uses of our planet’s limited resources are some of the breakthroughs that will be the focus of AI Humanity’s research and development.
For more on our innovations and related publications, go to the Our Books page and sign up to be notified when The 65% and Eduprosperity books will be published.
Encourage Society To Adopt Humanity-First and Ecology-First Capitalism
Through our Humanity-First Capitalism organization—which will be fully developed, expanded, and finalized later—we lead the effort to make capitalism work for the unprosperous as well as it works for the prosperous. And, crucially, we work to ensure capitalism also incorporates and abides by rules to guarantee the ecological health of our planet.
Revolutionary economist Kate Raworth eloquently exhorts us on the importance of fixing the economy for all and our planet:
Today’s economy is divisive and degenerative by default. Tomorrow’s economy must be distributive and regenerative by design.
Indeed, AI Humanity works to make the economy of our societies “distributive and regenerative by design.“
Advocate for the Unprosperous
AI Humanity doesn’t conduct advocacy in the typical manner of lobbying politicians. Instead, we use a more radical and fundamental philosophy directed through edification and enlightenment of the unprosperous themselves through the nucleus of humanity, as discussed in the Inspire, Enlighten, and Mobilize Individuals, Groups, Communities, and Cultures section above.
Nevertheless, where necessary, particularly when our other solutions and innovations (including edification) aren’t succeeding enough on their own or when we can’t solve a specific problem we set out to solve, we may consider advocating on behalf of the unprosperous using a combination of lobbying efforts and our other social and technological innovations.
Generally, AI Humanity aims to avoid politics (including supporting or promoting specific politicians) and political ideologies; instead, we rely on our Nucleus of Humanity approach, which we believe stands a much better chance of realizing lasting success that benefits all of the unprosperous.
Advocate for and Create Social and Technological Solutions for Women’s Liberation and Equality
In addition to advocating for the unprosperous, AI Humanity also advocates for women. Arguably, the most devastating example of inequality around the world, for millennia (and shockingly still today), may be the subjugation of girls and women across the globe.
At least half the world’s population (billions of women) live in societies where they are directly or indirectly dominated by men—whether through country and state laws that favor patriarchy, cultural practices that limit women advancement, societal biases that favor men and disregard the capacity of women to perform in many industries and career paths, or familial hierarchical power that keeps women oppressed.
AI Humanity knows the importance of women’s liberty and economic advancement for the success of families and for our communities and societies at large. Indeed, the secret to true global prosperity may be in the advancement of women, for women serve a more crucial role than men do for the success of families and communities (success for the young and the old, affecting generations) in most cultures.
We create social and technological innovations to help advance women around the globe and liberate them from the bondage of unfair laws, from the debilitation of gender-bias practices, and from the stagnation of societal ignorance and intolerance that stagnate women economic advancement.
Use Sports to Keep Teenagers Occupied and the Young and Old Healthy—and to Build Camaraderie Among Peoples, Groups, and Cultures
We know that the human body needs to be physically active (i.e., get regular exercise) to maintain optimal mental and physical fitness, that youngsters need organized sports to keep them occupied and thus out of trouble (e.g., abuse substances and become addicted, commit crimes, to name two), that young and old alike can keep fit with sports, and that sports can be used effectively to form lasting friendships and togetherness and heal divisions.
For these reasons, AI Humanity incorporates participation in organized sports into its solutions for poverty.
The Powerful Potential of Sports Has Not Been Sufficiently Exploited
The following problems currently limit the full capacity of sports in our societies:
Not enough support or resources for organized sports exist for girls and women.
In developed countries, at the high-school and college levels, there is a big effort to prepare students for the professional leagues and little to no effort to use sports as a form of recreational and healthful activity or for goodwill.
Sports utilities—fields, courts, equipment, expertise, and organization—in unprosperous schools and communities are seriously lacking.
Organized recreational sports for adults (beyond high school, and especially for those over age 30) are so limited as to be practically nonexistent in both developing and developed countries.
Adults who work (especially those over age 40) have too little time to participate in sports and have too few doable sports to choose from, even though sports can completely transform their lives through significant improvements in mental and physical health and savings through reduced spending on gym fees, weight-loss programs, and healthcare expenses.
In addition, as Richard explains in his book The 65%:
Humanity has not sufficiently exploited the powerful capacity of organized recreational sports (or physical activity) to keep us mentally and cognitively and physically adept, to build camaraderie and togetherness at our jobs and in our communities, to relieve the many health and social afflictions that plague our societies, and to help heal divisions among groups and cultures. We know sports can resolve all these things, likely more effectively than other interventions can.
Indeed, sports can effectively prevent obesity and a host of other diseases, including heart disease, and it can even lower the chances of cancer. (Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death in the United States.) Sports can also help with sleep disorders. In fact, participation in physical activity has been proven to heal a broad spectrum of mental illnesses, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety and depression. It has been proven to improve cognitive performance; our brain literally functions better when we get optimal exercise each day than when we don’t get any meaningful exercise. It helps antisocial disorders and the negative effects thereof.
Sports also help us cut down on our healthcare bills and eliminate our weight-loss expenses, including gym fees. It can prevent youngsters from seeking an outlet through alcohol, cigarettes, and narcotics and can combat apathy, sloth, and crime, all typically rampant in impoverished communities and sometimes even in prosperous communities.
Take just teenage boys and sports, as an example. Without organized sports, teenage boys—with abundant time and their sense of invincibility amplified by their physical fitness and an energetic stream of testosterone—will inevitably “do crazy shit“ that they will later come to regret, or they might do “really crazy shit“ that results in long-term alcohol or drug addiction or a criminal record or worse. Consequently, teenage boys need sports just as intellectuals need books or a hobby or a computer, or else the former will do stupid crazy and the latter will go batshit crazy.
AI Humanity aims to use sports effectively and extensively to help solve the problems noted herein—any issues sports can help to alleviate.
Measure and Monitor Prosperity
ProsperityScore, one of AI Humanity’s more important innovations, measures prosperity. This project, a nonprofit, will be launched sometime in late 2019 or early 2020. The service measures and monitors the prosperity of every city and country and allows individuals to assess their own prosperity. It helps direct and instruct all of AI Humanity’s policies and solutions. It is the first step AI Humanity takes to locate the unprosperous, decide what kind of help they need, and determine how best to help them.
For more on the ProsperityScore, go to the Prosperity Score page.
Monitor and Analyze the Organizational and Governmental Policies (Related to the Unprosperous) and their Effects
Many organizations monitor governmental policies and even policies of other organizations. What is lacking, however, is a comprehensive, instructive, dynamic (that is, revealing results in nearly real-time and continuously) view of the effects of policies on the lives of the unprosperous.
Many of these policies, including international agreements, are either created, one way or another, to directly help either the prosperous or the unprosperous. And they almost always have a direct or indirect impact on the immediate livelihood and long-term well-being of the poor.
AI Humanity’s technological solutions, in addition to our apt expertise, will provide the information we need to better understand which policies work for all and which hurt the poor.
Monitor and Adapt to Unknown, Unpredictable Outcomes of Solutions
No matter how much we analyze and examine economic and social models and study successful economic solutions to predict the effects of our solutions, we will never be able to predict with 100% accuracy what will occur, and we will never have all the right answers for the many circumstances that will develop during our work.
For this reason, even before we begin, we diligently think beyond stage one; we think about what will happen next and what happens after that. And we go even further: We monitor and observe and adapt to what happens as we implement our policies and as our solutions operate in the real world.
This research-analyze-predict-implement-monitor-iterate-and-adapt process is as fundamental and as crucial to our strategies for solving poverty as is the implementation of practical solutions are.
Good-Intentioned Policies Can Be Worse than No Policy
We know that economic policies and solutions created to solve specific problems the poor face have been proven not only to have failed to solve the problems they set out to solve, but also to have made those very problems worse.
This dreadful phenomenon occurs often and consistently across the globe, resulting in billions of dollars lost and hard-earned political capital wasted, while the poor either stagnate or decline, specifically because of the effects of the policies designed to help the poor. Such policies are typically the domain of good-intentioned organizations, office-bound academics, philanthropists, bureaucrats, and politicians. (Richard covers this topic in depth in the book The 65%.)
This plague—good-intentioned policies that make the problems they set out to solve even worse—is so prevalent and detrimental that AI Humanity focuses primarily on solutions that have proven successful (unless innovative solutions are called for) over solutions that appear to be ideal, or that seem desirable, or that are preferred by the unenlightened rich or poor when such solutions have proven to fail time and again.
We seek real solutions that work for the unprosperous and that will end poverty and heal our planet.
We prioritize ecological wellness in every facet of our solutions
AI Humanity strives to ensure the health of our ecology and wellness of our planet are treated with at least the same gravity as the economic success of people are treated. For what good is an economically prosperous society in a hostile environment that sickens and kills its inhabitants with every breath they take and every outdoor appearance they risk? Is economic prosperity even possible with an ecologically devastated biosphere?
We are well aware that many of the unprosperous, justifiably, have little to no time to worry about or prioritize ecological wellness when they themselves are unwell and struggle to get a complete and wholesome meal each day or are consumed with working most of their waking hours just to eke out a respectable living for themselves and their family members. How then can we get the majority, not just a small “elite,“ to learn about and prioritize ecological wellness? AI Humanity has a comprehensive plan to solve this problem, to get the majority, including the unprosperous, to prioritize ecological wellness as they prioritize their own prosperity, and we are optimistic it will make a sizable difference.
Perhaps our biggest worry about global prosperity for the masses is the devastation humanity have been wreaking and continue to wreak on our planet and the likelihood of that devastation to accelerate twofold or fivefold or more over the coming few decades, as hundreds of millions more prosperous humans consume as much as the highest consumers are consuming today.
There exists an existential ecological limit to how much of earth’s resources we can use, how much we can abuse our environment and biosphere, and how much humanity can produce and consume while the waste and byproducts and unintended reactions of our productions and consumptions make our planet increasingly more unlivable.
Since AI Humanity aims to help hundreds of millions of unprosperous become prosperous, and because we know how important ecological wellness is for sustaining life on earth, we prioritize ecology into every facet of our solutions. Some of the ways we prioritize ecology follow:
In our Humanity-First Capitalism program, we strive to move society, especially corporations, toward capitalism that prioritizes our ecological resources. Our strategy operates largely at the nucleus of humanity level (explained above) and, to a lesser extent, on principles that many corporations will abide by.
In our Prosperity Score program, one of the many things we set out to do is edify the public on the fundamentals of ecology—ecological literacy.
In all of our innovative solutions, we maximize waste management, limit or eradicate the use of wasteful products such as common HVAC systems used throughout the world, optimize the use of resources so as to limit waste and consumption, and create more efficient means of (and extensive uses) of recycling.
In our Innovation program, we not only strive to invent new ways to use and reuse alternatives to electricity and all forms of biofuel, but we also plan to study and improve the manner in which humans use energy and food and resources.
These are some of the ways we prioritize the ecology of our communities and the health of our planet in our solutions.
Childhood Development Edification
Provide unprosperous parents of children with the most beneficial tools and resources for nourishing and raising children
Agreeably, just about every culture has its own proven and well-regarded way of raising a person from birth to adulthood, and parents, particularly mothers, appear to know both instinctively and through accumulated knowledge and experience at least the bare essentials about how to raise a child. But due to human intellectual advancement over the last century and scores of successful studies on early childhood development—covering decades and tens of thousand of babies who grew to adulthood—the educated classes have available to them a more robust set of tools and resources about the best way to nourish (mentally, physically, and socially) and raise a child to excel in our complex modern societies.
The impoverished and less educated lack many of the tools and resources about the most advantageous ways to raise a healthy child to excel from development through adulthood. AI Humanity aims to alleviate this problem by providing unprosperous parents of young children with the most crucial tools and resources for early childhood development, so that they have at least the same advantages to nourish their children, physically and mentally and socially, as the prosperous do.